Grateful Dead Live at Long Beach Arena on 1988-12-10
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
AUD>DAT>CD; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Willy
- 2004-07-06 10:56:55
- Long Beach, CA
- Long Beach Arena
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: better on paper
Subject: To the first reviewer
Subject: Good show,
Subject: Nice show, great surprise!
Subject: Good show, too bad it's an audience
Subject: Gotta make it right
We got tickets through mail order and these were shows where we hit the jackpot. I mean the place is small enough already. I recall walking up the floor from the back on the first night. Our tickets were double lettered so we thought we were in the back. We kept passing security guys waving us further up until our jaws were dropping. This can't be happening! The first night we sat in the second row Phil Zone. This night we were front row Phil Zone and the last night third row dead centre.
They played a beautiful '88 style show this night and all nights. I was grousing about the actid rip off but I could not deny they were giving me the goods. This gets four stars to offset jboy's ridiculous review.
The sound here is quite excellent for the venue---my audiences of these shows weren't that great and the guy who did them was a maestro. Theses are better. If you loved '88 like I did then download away!
Subject: For the most part, Good ol' GD
1st Set: 94 seconds of "Tuning" clearly suggests a "Stranger." Though the rhythm sometimes gets lost admidst too many percussive spaces, Jerry's active worming his way in and out of promising points. Of course, let's just get "West LA" out of the way cause we all knew it was coming..., although 'South LA..." would have been more appropriate considering the geography. "Uncle" is sparked with something perky and is oddly enjoyable...maybe I'm in a better mood?! Regardless, "River" is equally as fun despite some muddledness. Dig whoever's playing the psudo-fiddle. Some stoners are whining in the background after the song, "This security has got to go...I paid forty dollars just to get pushed out." Were tickets that expensive even in '88? Doubtful...gotta hate the scalpers. Not much to "Althea" besides a decent pace and agreeable tone. This is one of the better and resounding "Memphis Blues" I've heard recently. "Tennessee" is minor quality, it's tone is down but never transcends. The set concludes with a decent enough, but lacking the fiery climax, of "Music."
2nd Set: "China" is listless though BRent's now commonplace spectral synths (as if a laser show was in progress) puts the song back in perspective allowing the climax to be its usual enjoyable self. "Rider" doesn't appear especially snug or secure, but the energy level during the important areas are certainly there. "Playin" builds on the growing enthusiasm of the set. Jerry's dangling a carrot out for the other musicians to nibble on, but noone catches his buzz...however, it's a pleasant resonance that leads to a comforting stroll through "Terrapin." It's relatively clean and builds into a solid 'B' version. The jam peters out into a well-spaced out eleven minute "Drums." "Space" gets increasingly edgy and tense leading us to "TOO." Imagine being on a skateboard where two of the four wheels are off the ground, and the other two are dangling on a curb...it's a popular skater's move whose word I'm unfamiliar with because I'm not a skater. "Stella" isn't nearly as hard-charging as the one from late October (NO or Dallas) but it's liltingly likable, kind of Good Ol' GD version. "Throwing" exists pleasantly on that same vibe...should be more intense, but they've found a comfort zone and there's no need to disrupt that now. But it's hot during the final build-up... now it's cooling off and super-loose with a spiffy "Lovelite." Not a false ending but a 6 minute version with a minor hushed section in late 3's early 4's... just good times.
Not an overburden or severely heavy "Knockin" just the last opportunity for some more Jerry twilling.
Subject: Grate show emerges!
Subject: Jerry Makes Contact
One other time in 93, I called his room from the house phone at the Alexis Park where they always stayed in Vegas, but he had already checked out. He was registered under his own name. Don't know what I would have said if he had picked up the phone. Probably just "thanks".
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